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Dear Friends in Christ,

There are many places in the Scriptures that emphasize the preeminent position of Peter among the apostles, but there are two places where Peter’s position and vocation of leadership is spelled out more clearly than anywhere else.  The one is in St. John’s Gospel where Jesus tells Peter after the resurrection, “Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.” Also in Scripture where Peter’s position of importance is clearly emphasizes in today’s Gospel reading. St. Peter’s is the beginning of the Petrine ministry in the church. We believe that our Holy Father, Pope Francis is the chief Shepherd and Pastor of the universal church. He is the successor of St. Peter in the Church today! The keys Jesus said He would give Peter symbolize this authority.  Today, we remember this Petrine authority and leadership of the successor of St. Peter in the person of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. As members of Christ’s community of believers, we pray for a “listening and obedient heart” to hear the “voice of Peter” which is the “voice of Jesus”!

A second lesson of today’s Liturgy of the Word, is the question Jesus asked His apostles, “Who do you say that I am?” How we answer this question will determine how each of us grow in relationship with Our Lord. Is He truly worth our time of Sunday or even during the week? Is He someone I can trust? Is He someone who loves us, forgives us, walks with us? Is He someone who has the authority to command us how to live and how to love and how to serve! Is He someone we look forward to spending eternity with?

Let our prayer today be that each of us spend time in prayer and communion with the Father, that we may have a “listening and obedient heart” to hear the voice of God in Christ and in the Church and that we meditate on the question of Jesus in today’s Gospel and that we try to have a better sense of how to answer that question for ourselves. Jesus is truly our Messiah, Our Lord and Savior; He is the Son of God.

Have a good and blessed week!

“The Gift you have received, give as a gift” – Matthew 10:8

In His Love and mine,

Father Kenneth G. Smith, Parochial Vicar

 

 

 

 

Saint Katharine Drexel